228 LETTERS FROM THE Fontainebleau by Malesherbes, to see Mereville Laborde's place. The house, in the Revolution, had every bit of furniture taken away and sold. It is now magnificently refurnished. The place has great beauties. You will laugh to hear that part of our com- pany here consists of M, and Madame Despr^aux, the latter better known to you by the name of Mademoiselle Guimard.1 They are both extremely agreeable, faisant des couplets pour Voccasion, invent- ing games, acting proverbs, &c. They remind me of M. and Madame Texier at Brandenburgh House, being the same sort of personages. Perregaux writes me word that I may per- ceive the Revolution has not annihilated the gaiety of the country, and he is preparing a magnificent fete for his daughter, who will return without knowing anything of the matter. I shall, at the same time, go back to my moutons at Fontaine- bleau, where I fancy I must stay quietly till the preliminaries of peace are signed, or not signed; for I find my friend can do nothing for me, and his attempt to serve me has miscarried. I must, therefore, endeavour to make myself as comfort- able as I can in complete apathy. i A famous dancer.